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Old 03-19-2010, 04:11 PM
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OM617 Front crankshaft seal nightmare - should I re-align the upper oil pan?

G'day folks,

I've just finished changing the front crankshaft seal on my 1981 W123 300D...

I followed the instructions on the DIY links on this site and all seemed to be well - the plastic cup special tool worked a treat.

However, as the upper oil pan is not perfectly aligned with the block it was very difficult getting the seal to fit. It went in - in the end - but the outside of the seal ripped. I've finished the job and so far there is no leak but I guess it won't last for ever!

So here is the question - is it a good idea to loosen the bolts on the upper oil pan and re-align it so there is no longer a misalignment of about 0.5mm (before fitting another front crankshaft seal)?

I guess I'm most likely to replace one leak with another - but you never know perhaps someone else has had this trouble and has done a fix before?

Here are some pictures that if you look carefully show the badly aligned joint.

Thanks in advance for any advice you may give.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:21 PM
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Perfect surface alignment does not matter if it is fully seated to the engine block.
If it does not leak = all is good...





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Old 03-20-2010, 12:48 AM
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Assuming the Upper Pan was never off it sould have been aligned from the Factory.

If you loosen the Pan there is no gasket just sealant on it so if you cannot re-seal it you could end up with a leak somewhere else.
Also, in theory ounce the Pan is loose you are supposed to align it with a Special Tool before you tighten it.
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:18 AM
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Assuming the Upper Pan was never off it sould have been aligned from the Factory.

If you loosen the Pan there is no gasket just sealant on it so if you cannot re-seal it you could end up with a leak somewhere else.
Also, in theory ounce the Pan is loose you are supposed to align it with a Special Tool before you tighten it.
What does the tool do ? I'm getting ready to pull mine.

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Old 03-20-2010, 05:49 AM
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Thanks for the responses - if I find a link for that special tool for the upper oil pan I'll post it here.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:58 PM
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Good lord. I have been looking in the Factory Service Manual CD and I do not see that tool.

So now I do not know if I just cannot find it or if I made mistake and there is no tool at all.
I am going to look in the printed book and chec.

OK I looked through the paper Engine manual and could also find no Oil Pan Centering tool.

So I am just going to beg for mercy and hope that my Apologia for being wrong is accepted.
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Thanks for letting us know!

I'm waiting for something about the upper oil pan to come up in this epic:-

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/272444-konstans-1982-300d-engine-out-thread-post2418370.html?highlight=upper+oil#post2418370
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:53 PM
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Here's another one for the upper oil pan

upper oil pan gaskets?
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Assuming the Upper Pan was never off it sould have been aligned from the Factory.

If you loosen the Pan there is no gasket just sealant on it so if you cannot re-seal it you could end up with a leak somewhere else.
Also, in theory ounce the Pan is loose you are supposed to align it with a Special Tool before you tighten it.

Truthfully. I don't think there is any type of sealant or glue from the factory. Just a highly machined fit. But IMHO once you disturb it, you'll need to seal it.



I just aligned by sight.


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I would put a small amount of a good quality silicone on the seal before I would move the pan around. On the seal only , not on the pan/block surface, as I would not want any squeezing into the interior of the engine and coming off to clog something.

If I were you I would be concerned about the seal ring surface...it looks grooved to me.

Nice job cleaning the block and pan.
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I would put a small amount of a good quality silicone on the seal before I would move the pan around. On the seal only , not on the pan/block surface, as I would not want any squeezing into the interior of the engine and coming off to clog something.

If I were you I would be concerned about the seal ring surface...it looks grooved to me.

Nice job cleaning the block and pan.
Hi Brad,

As everything is back together I'm going to wait until it fails - so far it seems OK as nothing is leaking.

I'm glad you appreciate the clean up job I used brake cleaner and lots of rags!
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Hi Brad,

As everything is back together I'm going to wait until it fails - so far it seems OK as nothing is leaking.

I'm glad you appreciate the clean up job I used brake cleaner and lots of rags!
That's what I'd do!

Much better than "If it doesn't leak, take it apart to find out why".
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Update:-

The front crankshaft seal lasted about 4 months - I've now removed the engine (to do some other stuff as well) to see if I can get it all nice and leak tight
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Update:-

The front crankshaft seal lasted about 4 months - I've now removed the engine (to do some other stuff as well) to see if I can get it all nice and leak tight
It's always more fun to do things a couple times than to do them right once!

Although it is probably possible to get the alignment of the upper pan to the front cover without a special tool, in the interest of have more complete info on doing this task here is the alignment tool info:

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Also, in theory ounce the Pan is loose you are supposed to align it with a Special Tool before you tighten it.
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What does the tool do ? I'm getting ready to pull mine..
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Good lord. I have been looking in the Factory Service Manual CD and I do not see that tool.

So now I do not know if I just cannot find it or if I made mistake and there is no tool at all.
I am going to look in the printed book and chec.

OK I looked through the paper Engine manual and could also find no Oil Pan Centering tool.

So I am just going to beg for mercy and hope that my Apologia for being wrong is accepted.
617 589 00 14 00 Sleeve
Use/specification:

Engines 617.95
Sleeve for centering the front cover and oil pan to crankshaft.

http://www.startekinfo.de/etools/content/tool.jsp?toolno=617 589 00 14 00

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I was not able to connect to the above link.
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